One of my very, very unofficial roles here in this relatively unknown city in Asia is to simply pray for, serve, and come alongside a few of the American families which are trusting God to raise a family here. My investment and role in this process is minuscule and insignificant. Their investment is everything. . . the health and well-being of their families.
One of the families is the LIttlepages. Scott and Cat moved here with their son, Noah, the summer of 2011. They have since added Addie to the mix.
They are pioneers in many ways. I am inspired by them personally and grateful for them beyond words. They are dear friends and have taught me much about Christ just by doing life with them the past two years.
As I read Cat’s post (and have observed her and Scott’s lives), three truths about obedience to God come to mind.
- Obedience to God is a minute by minute thing – Scott and Cat have taught me this repetitively these past two years. Seeing them raise a family in a place far from their home, in a city where they are fighting with a language that is near impossible for foreigners like us to master, and all the challenges which being an “alien” in Asia naturally brings, I see them simply trust God day in day out, even by the minute, and I am amazed. Obedience to God really is supposed to be as they demonstrate; minute by minute. Cat chronicles what this looked like for her and Noah yesterday well in her blog post.
- Obedience to God is worth sacrifice – Cat and Scott prove this to me through their lives. Cat had committed to moving here long-term before ever setting foot in this country. Scott knew the Lord was calling them here and she trusted the Lord through him. They have done this by literally “leaving all” and jumping into life here. If Christ were not real and “not worth it”, they certainly would be back in America, near family, friends, and all else they hold near and dear. Noah would be in a much “safer” environment and Cat would be in a much more “normal” setting. None of this makes sense aside from Christ, His presence, and the reality that radical obedience is more than WORTH IT. Yes, it is a great sacrifice, but we believe that it pales in comparison to that of the greatness of God and the joy of knowing Him and His obedience.
- Communities are changed by micro level acts of obedience – As Cat says in this post, we are praying that little Noah, even in his matchbox car playing, ball throwing, and (sometimes) little girl kicking self, will truly be “salt and light” to this little school in what is seemingly the “end of the earth”. I am certain that this will be the case, I really am. I believe the Kingdom of God is such as this. Mustard seeds of obedience through people like Scott, Cat, and Noah will eventually morph into a great tree which provides fruit and cover for a multitude. I believe this, and am praying as such for the Littlepages and Noah.
Please pray for little Noah as he continues to acclimate to local school. Its a pretty rough transition which is far from over. Please pray for the Littlepages, Gregorys, and Stuarts as they all are living here and trusting the Lord with raising kids here.
May their mustard seeds of obedience eventually become great works of God’s glory.